Glock sex toy cop avoids jail
A FORMER Tweed Byron detective who let a woman use his glock pistol as a sex toy during a tryst inside Kingscliff police station has avoided jail for misconduct.
Mark Garner appeared in the Sydney District Court on Wednesday charged with misconduct over his sexual relationship with a woman, who can't be named.
The court heard the woman met Garner at Tweed Heads police station in June 2011 when she reported being sexually assaulted.
The woman, who was known to police for having mental health issues, was hospitalised shortly after, AAP reported.
The relationship between Garner and the woman intensified, culminating in their fling inside Kingscliff police station in September 2011.
Garner, who was supposed to be a general duty supervisor at Tweed Heads, snuck the woman into the closed station where they had sex in various locations.
During their steamy encounter the court heard the woman used Garner's police issued glock as a sex toy.
The woman captured photos of the encounter on her laptop, which was then stolen from her apartment.
In an attempt to retrieve the photos, Garner accessed the police database to get information on the suspected laptop thief.
Judge Ross Letherbarrow said Garner had clearly shown 'significant errors in judgment' when he sentenced him to 20-months imprisonment in February.
Despite this, he immediately referred the former officer for an ICO (Intensive correction order) assessment, saying Garner had faced many traumatising incidents in the force and was unlikely to reoffend.
On Wednesday in the District Court the ICO was approved.
This means Garner will serve his penalty in the community, rather than behind bars.
Garner's ICO begins on April 29.